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Jean-Pierre Yvaral

Jean-Pierre Yvaral Biography

born Paris, France 1934 died Paris, France 2002

Born 1934, Paris, France. Died 2002, Jean-Pierre Vasarely (son of Victor Vasarely), known as Yvaral.

French maker of optical/kinetic reliefs and painter. Jean-Pierre Vasarely, known as Yvaral, born in Paris. Studied graphic art and publicity at the Ecole des Arts Appliqu-23s in Paris. First experimented with geometrical abstract art in 1954 and made his first works with movement 1955. Co-founder with Le Parc, Morellet, Sobrino and others of the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel 1960.

Attempted to create a visual language based on simple codifiable and programmed elements and also (in his reliefs) to use moir-23 effects, optical acceleration, etc. to introduce notions of space and time usually through the displacement of the spectator. First one-man exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1966. From c.1968 made many paintings and screenprints with vigorous colour interactions and geometrical compositions suggesting movement, projection, recession, etc. His works include a number of multiples.

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  • 1944 - To 1949: Educated at the Lycee Lakanal a Sceaux.
  • 1950 - To 1953: Studies graphic art and publicity at the Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris.
  • 1954 - First experiments with geometric abstract art.
  • 1955 - Creates his first kinetic works.
  • 1960 - Co-founds the Group de Recherche d"Art Visuel with Julio Le Parc, Francois Morellet, Francisco Sobrino, Horacio Garcia Rossi and Joel Stein.
  • 1963 - Wins the Gold Medal at the 5th Biennale in San Marino.
  • 1966 - Begins work on the "Structured Horizons" series.
  • 1967 - Completes an architectural project for the French Pavilion at the World Expo, Montreal, Canada in collaboration with Victor Vasarely.
  • 1969 - Begins work on the "Cubic Structures" series. Creates a kinetic set design for the Ballet Kraanerg at the National Art Center, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1970 - Completes a design for the facade of the new RTL building, Paris, in collaboration with Victor Vasarely.
  • 1971 - Wins Gold Mdeal at the Triennale in New Delhi and at the Triennale in Alexandria.
  • 1972 - Designs the Renault logo with GRAV, which is still in use today.
  • 1975 - Introduces digital images into his works, creating numerical portraits of, among others, Salvador Dali and Marilyn Monroe as well as monuments such as the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1986 - Designs a poster for the UNESCO"s 40th Anniversary celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, which is widely disseminated throughout the UNESCO network.
  • 1996 - Designs a poster for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA.
  • 2002 - Yvaral passes away.

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  • 1961 - Art Abstrait Constructif International, Galerie Denise Rene, Paris, France.
  • 1962 - Instabilite, (Labyrinthe 3), Musee des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, travelling to; The Contemporaries, New York, USA; Galerie Danese, Milan, Italy.
  • 1963 - Nouvelle Tendence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 1963 - Paris Biennale (also 1965, 1967)
  • 1964 - Nouvelle Tendence, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France.
  • 1964 - 1954-64: A Decade of Painting and Sculpture, Tate Gallery, London, England.
  • 1964 - Documenta III, Alte Galerie Museum, Kassel, Germany.
  • 1965 - The Responsive Eye, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
  • 1965 - Kinetic and Optic Art Today, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA.
  • 1965 - Art and Movement: Optical and Kinetic Art, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.
  • 1965 - Licht und Bewegung, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland.
  • 1965 - Lumiere, Mouvement et Optique, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • 1966 - Structures et Mouvement, Galerie Denise Rene, Paris, France.
  • 1966 - Indica Gallery, London, England.
  • 1967 - Dix Ans dArt Vivant: 1955-1965, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France.
  • 1967 - Vom Konstruktivismus zur Kinetik, Denise Rene - Hans Mayer, Krefeld, Germany.
  • 1967 - Kinetika, Museum of the Twentieth Century, Vienna, Austria.
  • 1967 - Lumiere et Mouvement, Musee dArt Moderne, Paris, France.
  • 1968 - Le GRAV, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.
  • 1968 - Plus=Minus, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA.
  • 1970 - The Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England.
  • 1971 - Air France, Musee Galliera, Paris, France.
  • 1971 - Mini-collection, Galerie Denise Rene, Paris, France.
  • 1972 - Architecture et Urbanisme, Nanterre, France.
  • 1973 - Multiples und Grafik, Galerie Denise Rene - Hans Meyer, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 1987 - Mathematik in der Kunst, Wilhem-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany.
  • 1989 - Artec, Nagoya, Japan.
  • 1992 - LArt en Mouvement, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France.
  • 1998 - GRAV: Strategies de Participation, Le Magasin, Centre National dArt Contemporain, Grenoble, France.
  • 2000 - GRAV, Musee de Cholet, France.
  • 2000 - Le Labyrinthe du GRAV, Musee dArt et dHistoire de Cholet, France.
  • 2002 - 6 – 1 = 6: Homage du GRAC a Yvaral, Johnson and Johnson, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France.
  • 2005 - The Kinetic Eye, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France.
  • 2006 - The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland.

Select Artwork

  • Progression Polychrome - 1971, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Carbone Violet - 1974, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Progression Polychrome No A - 72 - 1970, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Quadrature Ovale OC-VF - 1971, Acrylic on Canvas
  • Interferences unknown - 1967, elastic, wood and paint
  • Salvador Dali - Silkscreen
  • Composition en X
  • Marilyn Monroe - 1993, acrylic on canvas
  • Dali digitalise - Painting, Acrylic
  • Madame D.F. Digitalisee - Painting, Oil/canvas
  • Planche 1 - Print-Poster, Screen print
  • Horizon Structure JA-OC - 1977



  • Yvaral (Le Territoire de l'oeil ; 4) - by Jean Clarence Lambert, P. Horay (1977)

Quick Facts

  • Yvaral grew up in a complete artistic ambiance. Working alongside his father, Victor Vasarely.
  • 1975, he introduced digital images into his work, creating studies in geometric abstraction from faces, landscapes and monuments.
  • Yvaral is closely associated wih the kinetic art movement.


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